Wikipedia:WikiProject New York City/Assessment

Assessment links

Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject New York City! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's New York City articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject New York City}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:New York City articles by quality, Category:New York City articles by importance, Category:New York City articles needing attention. The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions edit

How can I get my article rated?
As a member of the WikiProject New York City, you can do it yourself. If you are unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject New York City is free to add or change the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
Where can I get more comments about my article?
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject New York City who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject New York City who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department, or to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject New York City directly.

Instructions edit

An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject New York City}} project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WikiProject New York City}}
  • displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
{{WikiProject New York City|class=FA|importance=Top}}
  • all assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in. Leaving the other parameters off does not hurt anything.
{{WikiProject New York City|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes}}
  • if an article needs immediate attention, add the attention tag and please leave talk notes as to why. "yes" is the only valid parameter here. If it doesn't need attention, leave the parameter off.

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class and/or importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed New York City articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

The parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Quality scale edit

Note: A B-class article should have at least one reference.

Importance scale edit

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of – for example – military history. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience but which are of high notability in other places should still be highly rated. Rate international region/country-specific articles from the perspective of someone from that region.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for New York City, or is generally notable to the public at large.

High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of New York City, but not necessarily outside it.

Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the New York City WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Many articles will be in this eclass.

Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of New York City, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic.

  • Places
  • People
    • Notable individuals with tangential connections to NYC (Alan Greenspan)
    • Individual seasons of NYC sports teams (excl. notable exceptions)
    • Products or items invented/produced in NYC, but not significant to the city as a whole (Edo Aircraft Corporation)
  • Events
    • Events in NYC with little significance to the city overall. (WrestleMania X)
  • Other
    • Products/items/media created in NYC but not significant to the city

Requesting an assessment or re-assessment edit

To submit an article for assessment or inclusion in WikiProject NYC, please add it to the request list.

Articles may be submitted or re-submitted at any time. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use the peer review department instead.